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Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 35-31 win over Old Dominion.

Yelder (6'4/255) was second on the team in terms of receiving yardage in what was a lovely, entertaining game throughout. He notched a four-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and has now caught scoring passes in three of the last four games. Western Kentucky's passing offense hasn't really begun to rev until the last two contests. We like Yelder to keep putting up production now that the Hilltoppers have started to show a bit more flash through the air.
Oct 20 - 10:59 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Quin Jernighan caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 35-31 win over Old Dominion.

Jernighan (6'3/210) hauled in a critical 30-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to put Western Kentucky up 35-31. They had trailed 31-21 entering the final stanza. This 81-yard showing by the former three-star recruit was the best of his career.
Oct 20 - 10:46 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 24-of-34 passes for 304 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 35-31 win over Old Dominion.

White fired off three touchdown passes in the first half and notched another two in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 30-yard scoring toss to Quin Jernighan with 7:49 remaining in the contest to give the Hilltoppers their final margin of victory. After managing just two touchdown passes through the first five games of the campaign, White has exploded for five scoring tosses in each of Western Kentucky's last two contests. He'll look to stay scalding hot against FAU next weekend.
Oct 20 - 10:09 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder caught seven passes for 92 yards and a score in a 45-14 route of Charlotte on Saturday.

Yelder (6'4/255) has quietly put up solid -- if not spectacular -- numbers for the Hilltoppers, and he had his best game of the year on Saturday. His touchdown was an eight-yard strike from WKU quarterback Mike White, who had five touchdown scores on the day. Yelder's big frame could see him be a draft target in a weak tight end class this spring.
Oct 14 - 8:07 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White threw for 398 yards and five touchdowns on 33-of-47 yards passing in a 45-14 route of Charlotte on Saturday.

Yes it was against one of the worst teams in college football, but White (6'4/225) was once again exceptional for the Hilltoppers. He wasn't as accurate as he normally is, but he was again efficient, and he capitalized on the woeful 49ers defense time and time again. There's a real chance that White goes in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft this spring.
Oct 14 - 7:52 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Lucky Jackson caught three passes for 56 yards in Saturday's 15-14 win over UTEP.

Jackson (6'1/165) wasn't hauling in passes on the reg on Saturday, but he did well with his limited grabs, averaging a hearty 18.7 yards per reception. After immolating Eastern Kentucky with a 5-144-1 receiving line in the season opener, Jackson has yet to crack 60 yards in a game.
Oct 8 - 2:41 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White could be a Day 2 pick in the spring.

Former Hilltoppers teammates Taywan Taylor and Forrest Lamp were also second-day draft pick (Rounds 2-3). "At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, White has NFL size to go along with outstanding touch and deep-ball accuracy," Zierlein wrote. "With good size and above-average arm talent, White will be a name that picks up some steam throughout the season." White threw for 4,363 yards with 37 touchdowns last season.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 8 - 1:15 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Lucky Jackson caught five passes for 144 yards and a score in a 31-17 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

With Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris gone, the Hilltoppers need a wide receiver to step up. It was only one week, but Jackson looks like that wideout. The 6-foot-1 165-pounder easily maneuvered through the Eastern Kentucky secondary, and his 66-yard touchdown from quarterback Mike White in the first quarter was a thing of beauty. Assuming he is White's go-to player, Jackson has a chance to put up big numbers, and he could end up near the top of Conference USA in yards and touchdowns.
Sep 2 - 11:16 PM

Western Kentucky dismissed redshirt senior DT Tanner Reeves due to a violation of team rules.

WKU did not announce what, exactly, got Reeves booted from the program, but per Warren County Jail records, he was arrested for a DUI early Saturday morning. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder appeared in all 14 of the Hilltoppers' games last season, including five starts. He finished the campaign with 17 tackles. Consider this a depth blow for HC Mike Sanford's squad.
Aug 14 - 2:40 PM

Western Kentucky suspended redshirt freshman LB Tyler Obee for the opener on Sept. 2 against Eastern Kentucky.

Along with RB Quinton Baker and WR Xavier Lane, Obee pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a March 5 altercation at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house in Bowling Green. All were suspended for one game. Obee (5'11/200) did not play during the 2016 season.
Source: wbko.com
Aug 10 - 3:34 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Lucky Jackson is the leading contender to emerge as the team's No. 1 wide receiver.

Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris took 3,048 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns out the door with them this offseason, leaving the top of the receiving depth chart open for change. Jackson (6'1/185), who had 26 catches for 395 yards and two scores a year ago, is the leading contender to emerge as Mike White's go-to receiver. "The thing about (Jackson), he comes with energy every day," OC Junior Adams said. "He comes to work every day and he practices hard and he practices fast and he’s very conscientious." Said QB Mike White: "(Jackson’s) done great things. He learned a lot from those guys, (Taylor) and Norris, and the guys before him. He kind of took it upon himself, between him and Fant, to kinda be the alpha of that group and lead those guys." Senior Nacarius Fant is the heavy front-runner to function as WKU's No. 2 wideout.
Source: wbko.com
Aug 9 - 6:11 PM

Western Kentucky suspended redshirt freshman WR Xavier Lane for the season opener.

Lane was one of three players suspended after pleading guilty to second degree wanton endangerment. That incident stemmed from a March altercation at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Lane (6'4/200) redshirted last year.
Source: wbko.com
Aug 9 - 2:12 PM

Western Kentucky issued one-game suspensions to sophomore RB Quinton Baker, redshirt freshman WR Xavier Lane and redshirt freshman LB Tyler Obee for their roles in an alleged fight outside of a fraternity.

The three players in question were charged in early June with first-degree complicity to wanton endangerment, fourth-degree complicity to assault and third-degree criminal trespass after they were involved in an altercation at a fraternity house back in March. On Monday, all three players pleaded guilty to complicity to second-degree wanton endangerment (this charge was downgraded from the initial first-degree count) and complicity to fourth-degree assault under extreme emotional disturbance. They will not be suiting up for the season-opener against Eastern Kentucky on September 2, but so long as they stay out of trouble in the interim, should be good to go for the remainder of the campaign.
Aug 8 - 6:53 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB De'Andre Simmons will miss the 2017 season with a knee injury.

Simmons sustained the knee injury on a non-contact play in practice this past Friday. Said HC Mike Sanford, "That was a hard loss for all of us. But De’Andre’s an incredible young man and he’ll really bounce back from this. We stand behind him 100 percent." This past season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder recorded 30 tackles, an interception and nine pass breakups while appearing in all 13 of Western Kentucky's games. Because Simmons already took a redshirt, he would need to receive a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for the current campaign to be eligible for another season. Otherwise, this knee injury will essentially end his collegiate career. Sanford tagged Roger Cray and DeAndre Farris as two candidates who will be competing to start in Simmons' place.
Aug 8 - 12:30 PM

Arkansas State redshirt senior WR/KR/PR Cameron Echols-Luper transferred to Western Kentucky as a graduate.

Echols-Luper's winding road through college hits its last stop. We think. Early in his career, Echols-Luper was an All-Big 12 honorable mention for TCU punt returner. He capped off his Horned Frogs track career with the fastest 200-meter time in the country (20.39 seconds) at the 2015 Big 12 championships. He transferred from TCU to Arkansas State and had 26 receptions for 407 yards and one TD last season after sitting out in 2015. His Red Wolves career ended abruptly when Echols-Luper was arrested and cited in March for a misdemeanor drug possession. He was suspended indefinitely, which led to his exodus from the program. The Hilltoppers have been one of the nation's most explosive aerial offenses over the past few years. They return only two players who recorded 20-plus catches last season. If Echols-Luper's head is screwed on straight, he could compete for a starting gig in the slot.
Jul 26 - 5:41 PM


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